‘Salute to radio’: The self-reflexive artistry of betty comden and adolph green in fun with the revuers

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Abstract

Betty Comden and Adolph Green are well-known librettists and lyricists of stage musicals and musical films; their artistic style and verbal expression are considered to bear urban witness to a period understanding of the 1940s and 1950s. Nonetheless, previous studies have scarcely investigated the aesthetic features of their dramaturgy, especially with regard to linguistic expression. This article focuses on the radio comedy Fun with the Revuers, for which they wrote scripts and lyrics. Through a close look at the scripts and sound recordings, it analyses the ‘interruptive sound and voice’ functions that construct the show, and examines how these satirize the conventions of the format, as well as the essential features of the medium. This article will offer a new perspective on the generational dynamics of Comden and Green’s artistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-161
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Musical Theatre
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul

Keywords

  • Betty Comden and Adolph Green
  • Dramaturgy
  • Fun with the Revuers
  • Interruptive sound and voice
  • Radio
  • The Revuers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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